Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group

The Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group (QASDG) will develop the European Quality Assurance Scheme for Breast Cancer Services (the European QA scheme) to set common quality and safety requirements for person-centred breast cancer services in Europe. The scheme will cover all the processes of breast cancer care (screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation & supportive care, follow-up & survivorship care and palliative care) and will be underpinned by the accreditation legal framework and evidence from guidelines.

The QASDG discusses and selects the requirements within virtual working environments and in meetings organised every three months. The initial draft documents and the final versions before piloting are subject of open calls for feedback launched online. After piloting, the so validated scheme will become operative on voluntary basis throughout Europe.

The members are also invited to contribute to the other ECIBC objectives, the Digital Mammography Training Template and the European Guidelines Platform covering all processes of care (from screening to end-of-life care).  

The QASDG is supported by the external contractors EA- European Co-operation for Accreditation for the accreditation legal framework and for the coordination of national accreditation bodies, by CCIb –Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre for literature review and by IQ healthcare to develop indicators.

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Chantal Van Ongeval

Chantal Van Ongeval

I started my medical education at the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1982 and specialized as a radiologist in 1994. In 2010 I defended in public my PhD on “Performance and optimization of clinical digital mammography”.

I am part of the breast screening program of the Leuven University Centre of Cancer prevention (LUCK) not only as a second reader but as a specialist/advisor in the Flemish organization of Breast Cancer Screening too. I am actively involved in the follow-up of the performance of radiologists participating in breast cancer screening in Flanders. As a result of my PhD work, I am involved in the evaluation of image quality of mammograms at a European Level (EUREF). I participate in research programs related to this topic and give clinical advise to physicists and engineers, working in the Leuven University Centre for Medical Physics in Radiology (LUCFMR ), on the development of new tests on digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis. This cooperation has resulted in the publication of several papers. In this field, I am also advising companies manufacturing mammography systems.

At the University Hospitals of Leuven, I am clinical head of the breast imaging division of the Radiology Department and of the Multidisciplinary Breast Centre, discussing diagnosis and therapy of breast pathology, participating in trials and teaching students in medicine and radiology.

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Last update: 2018